Looking at my now 2-month old son who's EBF (exclusive breast-feeding) and weighs a whopping 6.6 kgs, I quizzically wonder why he weighs as much as he does. And I can't help but see how different he is from his older brother. He's easier to soothe, sleeps longer and cries less. And at the same… Continue reading Thoughts about Self-Care from a Mom of Two
Feb 23, 2014. My expected due date finally came but still no signs of real labor, only mild Baxton Hicks contractions but no bloody show, no water breaks, nothing. I was starting to wonder if this baby still planned to come out soon or not. We were also pressed for time as hubby was only… Continue reading The Delivery Experience and Adam’s Arrival
A usual bedtime routine consists of singing, praying, talking about our day with lots of hugs and wet kisses from my 2 year old. He's at that age of unfiltered emotions. When he's angry, he'll let the whole room know. On the other hand when he's happy and loving, get ready to be showered with… Continue reading The Balancing Act
Have you ever engaged in a situation when you got so worked up emotionally that you ended up feeling burdened, stressed and frustrated? You didn't think it was worth the trouble but you still did it to assert yourself. I engage in conversations like that all the time, but I never once filtered these things… Continue reading What My Son Taught Me About Selflessness
This year, we watched you grow as you discovered your own personality. We watched you as you started preferring blue and to you everything was "blue". We watched you play with an old, worn out toy car for hours and throwing a fit when your asked to do something else. You couldn't be bothered. I… Continue reading Here’s to the almost 2-year-old You!
It's true what they say... It was not love at first sight. In fact I was too groggy from the drugs a day after delivery that I chose not to see you yet. But because of hospital policy, you were brought to me, with all that's hooked to my body and as I suffered a… Continue reading To the Month-Old You
Here's a confession: recently, a part of me envied friends who have all the time in the world to do the things they want to do in life. They proudly pose their recent travels and expeditions on Facebook, they go on adventures, see new places, hang out with friends until dawn, etc etc. They seem… Continue reading The Single Me vs the Married, Soon-to-be Mom Me
You find yourself happy one moment and sentimental the next. You feel bloated and experience cramps like never before. You crave for food you hated before you got pregnant. These are just some of the random side effects a pregnant woman experience in the span of nine months. I've read a lot of articles and… Continue reading Pregnancy Discoveries – What it Really Feels Like
It's the start of another year- a time to start afresh and make new plans, hoping to redeem what has not been so successful the past year and wish for the best this time around. A lot of people write their new year's resolution, plans and what-nots. Personally, I prefer spending the first days of… Continue reading 10 Prayers for 2014
A guest post from Sotico Pagulayan III Ico writes about Climate Change and his experience going around the different provinces monitoring agricultural projects. This speaks highly of what Cambodia needs in this time and season. __________ In the past few months, Cambodia has suffered extreme weather conditions. While one area experiences drought, another has severe… Continue reading A Glimpse of HOPE
Those who've read my past entries know how I cherish seeing eagles- especially in this new journey with Ico. From the wedding prayer Pastor Paul spoke to us, to our Honeymoon, even to moments in Cambodia- God never fail to remind us of His faithfulness by allowing us to see eagles soaring above the mountains,… Continue reading Going Where Eagles Fly
I'm slowly easing into my mid-second trimester and these past days I've been feeling "normal" again! No more queasiness or feeling fatigue, and that sensitivity over food finally fading... (finally, I can eat whatever I want...well except fried chicken- the mere thought still makes me gag..). I'm so relieved to find out what they say… Continue reading Busting those Pregnancy Myths
A few months ago, I experienced the most beautiful day of my life when I married my best friend. And that was only the beginning. Forever and ever started after coming back to reality- coming back to our work in Cambodia, settling down in our own home, dealing with financial issues, and finally getting some… Continue reading The Revelation 🙂
Sleep. I’ve been needing a lot of it lately. Not because I am deprived or because coffee keeps me awake. It’s just because. Experts say you should get at least eight hours of sleep a day to gain maximum productivity and allow your memory to retain information. And I found this to be true. I… Continue reading Rediscovering the Value of Sleep
Today, Ico and I celebrate our first month as husband and wife. But that’s not the only reason why we’re celebrating. We also celebrate our 5 years and 1 month of friendship. And I must say, without the latter, we wouldn’t have such a great 1st month of marriage as we are having right now.… Continue reading Five Years in the Making
As he said the first few lines, a surge of emotions overwhelmed me that I couldn’t help but cry. I know he gets poetic when he’s really into it... But this was actually the first time he expressed his emotions, dreams and vision in the most articulate manner- and in front of family and friends.… Continue reading The Vow
What does it take to reach your soul’s greatest dream? ALL OF YOU and nothing less. All of your weaknesses laid bare. All your hopes tested and tried, Until everything is made clear. It takes ALL of you. Forged by trials, To remove the unnecessary, To strip yourself of childish ambitions, To learn from… Continue reading What Your Dream Requires
Honestly I'm not a big fan of change. Especially unexpected, sudden changes. I know "it's the only thing in the world that's constant", but still- I'll never get used to it. I'm the type of person who values routines. And if change should come- let them come slowly, and with a big tab on the… Continue reading To Love Change
My iTunes was on shuffle mode and accidentally played my Audio Bible. "Job chapter 1," the deep voice announced. I was surprised, especially after listening to totally unrelated songs... But I was intrigued as I listened on. You see, Job is not one of the books in the Bible that I normally read. My eyes… Continue reading The Life of Job
I just really feel the urgency to write these all down, while it's still burning in my heart- and while it's all fresh in my memory.. Our team had this extraordinary encounter with a feisty Singaporean businesswoman friend, who literally turned the market around when she came to establish her business here in Cambodia more… Continue reading GO and GET it!
As I look at his life so far- one full year of memories; the joy, the stress, the laughter, the difficulties all packed in that one year of his existence, I can’t help but feel worried and excited at the same time.
Everyday I see your face make new expressions, You stick out your tongue and stare at me with your big charming eyes. And even though you cry a whole lot and your face turns red in anger, I won't wish these moments away. Your arms and legs are getting stronger everyday, jerking in all… Continue reading I Won’t Wish The Moments Away